a career in real estate

As a career, real estate really is what you make it. There are so many different kinds of real estate careers from residential to commercial, business broking and buyers agency just to name a few. We often hear that real estate professionals enjoy the flexibility and lifestyle this profession can provide. Check out a few more of the benefits of a real estate career below:

The benefits of a real estate career:

No degree required!

Unlike other professions, you don’t need to study for three years plus at University to get started. With the REIQ’s online study options and scheduled classes, you can start any time and complete at your own pace.

Variety

Once you have your qualifications there are a variety of career paths to explore, including real estate salesperson, property manager, corporate support, principal or business owner and auctioneer plus many more!

Hard work is rewarded

If you’re working as a salesperson or business owner, the harder you work and the better your service generally means the more you can earn! With a great attitude, good work ethic, and the right skills and tools there’s no ceiling to your potential earnings.

Your job is portable!

Real estate professionals live and work all over Queensland. Thinking of a sea change? You’re very likely to find real estate businesses there, or you can start your own!

Be your own boss, or work for someone else

If independence appeals to you – with a Real Estate Agent Licence you can open your own business, whether it’s a large agency with a number of employees working out of a shopfront, or just yourself working from home. If you’d prefer to work for someone else there are also plenty of opportunities to do just that.

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Changing careers?

Real estate offers people of all ages and from all walks of life the opportunity to embark on highly successful careers. Your career so far may have helped you cultivate skills and experience that will benefit you in the real estate profession, including potentially:

  • Business skills – Business skills held by those people with a financial or small business background are very valuable in real estate
  • Trade skills – Practical knowledge gained while working in a trade (particularly a building or property related trade) are also useful
  • Sales skills – Sales skills are transferrable from other industries and can be applied across many aspects of the real estate profession
  • Admin & planning skills – Planning and administration skills from office and corporate work will stand you in good stead in real estate
  • Service & communication skills – Customer service and communication skills from retail and hospitality work are also easily applied in real estate and very helpful!
  • Community – You may have built networks (and therefore a potential future customer base) as a result of being involved in local community groups, sporting teams, school ‘parents and friends’ groups – the list goes on!
  • Buying & selling property – Experience gained during your own property rental and purchase activities throughout your life may also provide valuable insight into real estate customer needs
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Justin Hagen

Formerly an aircraft maintenance engineer – Justin saw an opportunity to provide exceptional customer service in real estate and he and his wife Alice have built their successful business on those solid foundations.

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Starting your career in real estate has many benefits!

You can be successful in real estate at any age and with varying amounts of experience. It is a profession that rewards hard work, talent and persistence. Some of Queensland’s most successful real estate business owners (such as Jean Brown and Haesley Cush) started straight out of school. Here are four reasons it’s a great idea to start in real estate straight as a first career:

Start earning while you’re learning!

Most of our students are already working (many of them in real estate businesses) which is why we offer a variety of flexible options for study that you can fit it in around your day job.

No degree required!

Unlike other professions, you don’t need to study for three years plus at University to get started. And with a price tag of between $550 and $650, it’s a lot more affordable than Uni too.

One course = many opportunities!

Once you have your qualifications (either registration or licence), there are a variety of career paths to explore including sales agent, property manager, corporate support, principal or business owner and auctioneer plus many more.

Learn valuable, portable skills!

Real estate gives you the chance to lean skills that are valuable across many different careers such as negotiation, teamwork, sales and administration – the list goes on!

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Jean Brown

Jean Brown began her career in the property industry at sixteen, as a weekend receptionist while still at high school. It didn’t take long for Jean to realise that she had a passion for real estate and she set herself a goal to one day become Principal of her own agency. Fast forward thirteen years and in May 2010, Jean opened the doors of Jean Brown Properties and her real estate dream became a reality.

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REAL ESTATE CAREER PATHS

Real estate offers such a wide variety of roles that if you identify something you enjoy, chances are you can find it here! For example, Property Management calls on your organisational ability, communication skills and attention to detail. Real estate sales may suit a good communicator with excellent customer service skills who can work autonomously. Business broking may appeal to someone financially literate who enjoys negotiation. There are so many different opportunities, including commercial real estate, buyer’s agency, business ownership, residential letting and auctioneering to name just a few. There’s something for everyone! If you’ve got a real estate career in mind, we can find you the right course. Simply contact us or check out a few of the options below.

How do I become a real estate salesperson?

To work in real estate sales in Queensland you should:

  • Complete the REIQ Real Estate Registration course
  • Get a grade of “competent” on course assessments, and the REIQ will give you a “Statement of Attainment”
  • Apply to the Office of Fair Trading for your Real Estate Registration Certificate!

For more information or to enrol, visit the REIQ Real Estate Registration course page

How do I become a Property Manager?

To work in property management in Queensland you should:

  • Complete the REIQ Real Estate Registration course
  • Get a grade of “competent” on course assessments, and the REIQ will give you a “Statement of Attainment”
  • Apply to the Office of Fair Trading for your Real Estate Registration Certificate!

For more information or to enrol, visit the REIQ Real Estate Registration course page

How do I become a real estate agent?

To work as a real estate agent in Queensland, you’ll need to attain a Full Real Estate Licence. A Full Licence places you in an elite group of real estate professionals with the skills and knowledge to control your own destiny. It’s a negotiating tool because it makes your career more portable, as you can work independently. With a Full Licence you could work as a contractor or open your own real estate business.

To become a real estate agent you should:

  • Complete the REIQ Full Real Estate Licence course
  • Get a grade of “competent” on course assessments, and the REIQ will give you a “Statement of Attainment”
  • Apply to the Office of Fair Trading for your Real Estate Licence!

For more information or to enrol, visit the REIQ Full Real Estate Licence course page

How do I become a Resident Letting Agent?

To work as a Resident Letting Agent in Queensland you should:

  • Complete the REIQ Resident Letting Agent course
  • Get a grade of “competent” on course assessments, and the REIQ will give you a “Statement of Attainment”
  • Apply to the Office of Fair Trading for your Resident Letting Agent Certificate!

For more information or to enrol, visit the REIQ Resident Letting Agent course page

How do I become a real estate Auctioneer?

To work as a real estate Auctioneer in Queensland you should:

  • Complete the REIQ Real Estate Auctioneer Licence course
  • Get a grade of “competent” on course assessments, and the REIQ will give you a “Statement of Attainment”
  • Apply to the Office of Fair Trading for your Real Estate Auctioneer Licence!

For more information or to enrol, visit the REIQ Real Estate Auctioneer Licence course page

How do I get a job in real estate?

To work in real estate in Queensland, even if you’re in a real estate administration role (also known as corporate support), the REIQ recommends you attain a Registration Certificate. This is because to speak to anyone about a property listed for sale (even if it’s only on the phone) you are required to have a current Registration Certificate. This is a great way to start in real estate, because it;’s the same qualification that lets you work as a real estate salesperson or as a property manager.

To start your career in Queensland real estate, you should:

  • Complete the REIQ Real Estate Registration course
  • Get a grade of “competent” on course assessments, and the REIQ will give you a “Statement of Attainment”
  • Apply to the Office of Fair Trading for your Real Estate Registration Certificate!

For more information or to enrol, visit the REIQ Real Estate Registration course page